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DEGEM News – NEWS – Inter-Noise session on Soundscapes from a Humanities/Arts Perspective [Call for papers]

Von: ‚Vincent Meelberg‘ via CEC-Conference
Datum: Tue, 09 Oct 2018
Betreff: [cec-c] CfP: Inter-Noise session on Soundscapes from a Humanities/Arts Perspective

Call for Papers | Inter-Noise session on Soundscapes from a Humanities/Arts Perspective

INTER-NOISE 2019 Madrid June 16-19

Session 13.08: Soundscapes from a Humanities/Arts Perspective

Session organized by Marcel Cobussen (Leiden University, NL) and Vincent Meelberg (Radboud University, NL)

The reduction of unwanted sounds in public spaces is usually equated with noise abatement measures and traditionally expressed in decibels. The more dB(A) a particular measure is able to suppress, the more efficient this measure is considered to be. While suppression indeed can be an effective way to deal with unwanted sounds, research makes clear that the volume is not always the main cause of noise pollution. Specific frequencies and/or vibrations with a limited amount of dB(A) can also have a significant influence on how people experience a public sonic atmosphere. At the same time, loud sounds can mask other, more irritating ones and thus have a positive influence on the way a specific space is encountered.

Besides the direct physical influence of sound on the well-being of living creatures, sound also plays an important role on a socio-political and even ethical level. Important issues are: who or what is producing a sound? Can (annoying) sounds in public spaces somehow be controlled, managed, or manipulated? Who is appropriating a specific public space through sound and who is – sonically, socially or otherwise – excluded? Who controls and determines the sonic atmosphere of a public space? When can unwanted sounds be heard? What are the expectations concerning the sonic atmosphere that listeners have?

In other words, non-acoustic variables should be taken into account too when evaluating a sonic environment: personal characteristics and circumstances (sound sensitivity, attitudes, expectations), situational aspects (the number of sound sources, the presence or absence of silent spaces), and contextual variables (how authorities react to possible complaints).

This session is organized as a spatial-temporal event where presenters and audience can discuss the complexity of analyzing and (re)designing a sonic environment. Potential topics may include but are not restricted to:

– Rethinking noise

– The socio-political dimensions of sonic spaces

– The role of sound art in transforming a sonic space

– Affective tonalities

– Sonic commons

– The ethics of sound

– The policy of frequency and vibrational forces (including infra- and ultrasound)

All abstracts (max. 500 words) for this session must be send as either a Word file or a PDF to noise@sonicstudies.org. Deadline for abstract submission is November 15, 2018. Abstract acceptance notice will be sent to the authors by the end of December 2018 via e-mail.

The congress fees (including 21% VAT):

– Early Full Delegate: 575,00 EUR

– Early Student: 180,00 EUR

– Accompanying Persons: 150,00 EUR

– Extra Paper: 100,00 EUR

Important deadlines:

– Abstract submission Deadline by November 15, 2018 (which must be send to noise@sonicstudies .org!)

– Manuscript Submission Deadline by March 1, 2019

– Early Registration Deadline May 15, 2019

For further information please visit the congress website: http://www.internoise2019.org